Countdown to Christmas Day 8, Giveaway!

Welcome back! Quiltmaker’s Countdown to Christmas continues with a giveaway of great Kansas City Star books. There will be five lucky winners.

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Do you know that feeling when you see something and it just grips you—you absolutely love it? This happens to me with fabric, with entire quilts, with color schemes and with quilt blocks. It happened to me when I opened The Spirit of Sacajawea by Laurie Simpson and Polly Minick.

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I’m often drawn to repetition. I like its orderliness. See the block in the top left corner of the quilt below? The numerous hills or bumps that suggest leaves really appealed to me, and I loved the bird and berries, too.

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Last weekend I decided to whip up one of these blocks. I thought it would make a great Christmas wall hanging.

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I wanted non-traditional colors, so I pulled a gray print and several bright fabrics to complement it. I prepared the applique pieces and fused them down (fusing is wonderful for a down-and-dirty get-it-done-fast project). But when I put the block up on my design wall, I was really disappointed. It just didn’t sing.

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I think the problem started with a background fabric that was too busy. It takes away from that gorgeous wreath. It seems to swallow up the bright colors. There isn’t enough contrast between the background and the design elements. The berry colors were off. I stopped right there…

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…and changed to a more traditional Christmas color scheme. You can hardly go wrong with a shirting for the background plus turkey red, poison green and a bit of cheddar thrown in for accent. This version is so much better!

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You’ll find a bevy of gorgeous blocks in The Spirit of Sacajawea, which carries the subtitle “A Textile Tribute to an American Heroine” and was the Kansas City Star’s 2012 Block of the Month. I enjoyed reading about this young woman’s role in the early history of our country. The book is a lovely combination of history and beauty—what could be better?!


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Here’s another title from Kansas City Star Quilts I really enjoyed. Czecherboard Quilts by Rose Ann Cook is subtitled “Stories from my father’s family.” Cook set out to learn more of her family’s history and then designed quilts to honor the family members she discovered. The quilts are doable and beautiful, and the family stories that are interspersed throughout the book held my attention.


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The Garden Quilt: Interpreting a Masterpiece will interest lovers of applique and quilt history. Authors Barbara Brackman and Ilyse Moore have researched a masterpiece quilt called The Garden by Mrs. Edward B. Irish. One book in 1929 called the quilt “exquisite” and stated that “Words can scarcely describe this triumph of the needle.” Similar quilts have been found, some with links to Emporia, Kansas, but much remains a mystery, and The Garden Quilt will pique your interest in this topic. Instructions are given for a variation of the quilt called Paradise in Kansas.


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Returning to our Christmas theme, Memories of Christmas Past features a beautiful sampler quilt in traditional colors. Each of 12 sampler blocks includes a Nine Patch twist. These blocks surround a center of Poinsettia and Nine Patch blocks. Best of all, throughout the book Carolyn Nixon shares childhood memories of growing up in the Ozarks during the 1950s. Her co-author is Betsey Langford, and the two have included six companion projects ranging from a table runner to a memory journal.


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And if you enjoy decorating your home for Christmas and other holidays, you’ll love Deck the Halls by Lynda Hall. This title has quilts to inspire family traditions. The country look abounds and there is easy wool applique on pillows and wall hangings.

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Each of these books goes to one lucky Quilty Pleasures reader. Please leave a comment below before midnight Friday, Dec. 14 and tell us how you use quilts to decorate your home for Christmas. We’ll choose winners and announce them here next week. The lucky winners are: Celeste (#78), JuliaP (#13), Patricia (#47), Diantha (#136) and Barbara (#48). Congratulations!

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About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email:
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148 Responses to Countdown to Christmas Day 8, Giveaway!


    special quilts on beds and couch back, quilted tree skirt.
    Enjoy seeing all the seasonal quilts and how others also display and use them.

  2. Jnuquilter says:

    I have a few Christmas quilts – one is our tree skirt and then I have a couple table runners. I have a couple of small ornaments that are quilts as well. Merry Christmas.

  3. Florence Dupuis says:

    I made a tree skirt many years ago. I also have a wreath that a coworker made for me because I would give her rides home. I have a couple of wall hangings that my mother made that I inherited when she past away twenty plus years ago this month.

  4. I love the cozy feel of a quilt at Christmas. thanks

  5. Rachelle says:

    I don’t have special Christmas quilts yet as I’ve not been quilting long enough, but both my boys have a quilt I made them on their beds, plus we’ve got a lovely one on the couch and a small table runner on the coffee table too.

  6. Jocelyn says:

    i love to use Christmas quilts as throws, wall hangings and table runners. the colors of Christmas always gives off the festive feeling of the season.

  7. Kate says:

    I use a table runner and put a Christmas themed quilt on the bed. Keep it simple! Great books, thanks for the chance.

  8. Linda says:


  9. Chris says:

    I have several Christmas table runners,some small quilts on the walls and a larger quilt on the back of the sofa.

  10. VickiT says:

    Those are really great books.
    I can’t answer question easily because I’ve only made one full size quilt and a table runner so far. I am planning to make some smaller quilts to hang in my hallway along with our family pictures. Also, I do want to have different seasonal lap quilts to put on the back of our couch in the living room. Those will be used as a dual purpose; one to brighten each new season and two, to cover my U.G.L.Y. couch. LOL (Long story but special ordered a couch after choosing the fabric. Chickened out on the bright purple fabric and went with Eggplant which looked more subdued. When it arrived this Eggplant looked BROWN! EWwww I should have sent it back but didn’t.) Now I hate seeing that thing and it’s a 7 foot long couch so I NEED quilts to cover it. LOTS OF QUILTS.

  11. Judy says:

    I usually hang my quilts out on a rack my husband handmade for me. There’s also one draped over the rocker in the living room. Each bed in the house has its own Christmas themed quilt, too.

  12. San says:

    When December rolled around I could finally hang up my red and white, green and muslin, and green and red quilts. Then out came the Santa quilt which I made for my mom years ago. I love changing the color scheme even for just a short while! Happy Holidays.

  13. Jeanne says:

    I made Bonnie Hunter’s first online mystery “Carolina Crossroads” in reds and greens and it is one of my favorites.

  14. carol l says:

    I decorate with alot of quits around our house. I even have two in the bathroom. Wonderful books, hope I can win one. Thanks for the chance.
    Carol L

  15. Loretta Griffin says:

    Folk art make very pretty quilts love the books. Thanks for a chance to win.

  16. Elizabeth Tornblom says:

    I have a lovely quilted tree skirt, Christmas quilts on the sofa, Christmas wall hangings and table runners, and I’ve also used unfinished tops to wrap gifts for quilting friends.

  17. I have a Christmas quilt hanging in the living room, Christmas place mats and table runners.

  18. Sharon says:

    Quilts are a wonderful way to decorate Christmas. I have one on the back of my couch, one on my dinning room table, one on my coffee table. How about using one for a tree skirt? I would love to win the books.

  19. Rita Schiavone says:

    As a new quilter, I don’t have any Christmas quilts yet, though I am working on an advent calendar wallhanging. I plan on making a table runner, some quilted coasters and more wallhangings for Christmas next year.

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

  20. Pat V. says:

    We always have a huge tree in the living room, and lighted Snow Village pieces all over the house. My Willow Tree nativity goes in the family room, and I usually hang Christmas-themed art work in each room.

  21. donna says:

    Have made Christmas quilts for my grandchildren and also wall hangings and table runners.

  22. Margo Akamine says:

    This year, my very first quilt ever was made of panels of Christmas cats surrounding a very merry Christmas Mouse! I learned how to piece, sash, pin baste , quilt in the ditch , free motion quilt, and bind. It was a wonderful first experience and my quilt now graces our living room couch near our tree. My grandkids love to nap on it, make a tent with it and touch it. I am in love with quilting!

  23. Celeste says:

    I use a Christmas themed wall hanging by the entryway, a table runner that I lay across the back of the couch, a beautiful quilted tree skirt made by my sister-in-law, and a small quilt that will lay across a love seat. Thanks for the chance to win books I would add to my quilting library!

  24. Evelyn B says:

    I’m a relatively new quilter so only have one Christmas quilt. I use it over the back of my couch. I’ll be creating more items for next Christmas. Thanks for the chance to win.

  25. MarciaW says:

    We have a Christmas table runner, and always have our favorite lap quilts and bed quilts out. Plus, we’ve added a new dolly quilt that the under 2 yo grandnieces are using.

  26. Loretta T says:

    Very striking quilts and a little something for everyone.

  27. Anita Langford says:

    I am new to quilting so I don’t have much by way of quilting to decorate the house. I am making a table runner as my first project. I love the books. I have found that I gravitate towards older patterns and love Amish quilts. Newer quilts are great to look at but the colors and patterns of antique quilts are very comforting.

  28. Anita Daggett says:

    I use quilts and quilted items in almost every room of the house. I have quilted hot pads and trivets in the kitchen, table runners in the kitchen, dining room and on the coffee table in the living room. I have pillows and quilts on the couches. Quilted ornaments on the tree. A quilted wreath hangs inside the front door and a quilted tree skirt is under the tree. Of course, there are quilts hung on the walls and over the railing above the stairs. Since Christmas is my favorite holiday, I’ve been making quilted items for this season for 30+ years – I have a lot!

  29. Susan says:

    I have lap quilts draped over each chair and the sofa in the living room, a quilted Christmas tree skirt, quilted pot holders and table cloth.

  30. KrisP says:

    I pretty much upholster my house with Christmas quilts, runners, table toppers and wall hangings. So many that I now have several at my office for the season. And I’m still making more. I love making the Christmas themed items.

  31. Robyn Brown says:

    I use wall quilts, bed quilts and table runners. I use as much for Christmas as I can. It’s one of my favorite times of year so I make lots of Christmas quilts.

  32. Kathy M Boice says:

    I love love love Little Quilts and I decorate all over my house with them. I have them as table toppers, on walls and in old doll cradles, etc.

  33. Debbie says:

    We actually leave out our Christmas quilts all year long and I have a few wallhangings that I have made and have put back for my children when they go off on their own (which unfortunately for me will be some time in the very near future). I have made table runners and I like to get all my shopping and baking done early and spend time on making Christmas quilts/ornaments/gifts closer to Christmas so I can enjoy the peace in my studio. Merry Christmas, everyone!

  34. Carol Nichols says:

    I have several Christmas quilts and fabric for more. I love them. Also enjoy table runners on my tables. I also have wall hangings. I think Christmas quilts are quite fun and am always looking for new ideas

  35. Dee Gordon says:

    Although fairly new to quilting, it is my goal to make a different styled quilt for each of my loved ones…hope I achieve this!

  36. Maryellen says:

    Those look like great books. Can’t wait to check them out. My decorations using quilts include the table runner, placemats, and tree skirt, and also a runner along the mantle with quilted stockings hanging in front. I’m working on a Snowflake theme quilt in blues, but all the other items I use are reds and greens. You were right to choose traditional colors in the wreath, and love the Cheddar accent.

  37. Patricia Hersl says:

    I use quilts for decoration year round. At Christmas, I have ones for the walls, mostly angels, tables, and on all the quilt racks. A nativity scene, one of my first quilts, is always out.

  38. Kathleen says:

    I often use red in my lap and wall quilts, from soft red to dark burgundy, so my quilts add a touch of Christmas to my living and dining rooms. I have 3 of them folded on a rocking chair, one folded on the back of a comfortable chair and a 4-block Baltimore Album in red and green in the dining room.
    All your books look wonderful, both for reading, patterns and inspiration. I’ve always been drawn to quilt books that give history and stories about women. What better way to learn about earlier times? Thanks for this giveaway.

  39. Deb Wille says:

    I cover the walls with quilted hangings I’ve done, one per room, then I smile alot as I walk past them.

  40. Suzy says:

    I just realized this year that I don’t have an actual quilt to cuddle in during Christmas – just the usual assortment of table runners, wall quilts, and ornments. I think that will be my next project!

  41. Gidget says:

    Christmas quilt, a cup of cocoa and carols playing, watching the kids decorate.
    That’s the best way to start the season.

  42. Judy says:

    I don’t actually have any Christmas quilts as I have not been quilting that long but by next year I plan to have a Christmas quilt made as I have most of the fabric for it. I also have a table runner that I have the fabric for and if I get it finished by Christmas I will be using it this year. I am hoping to spend this coming year working on some quilting projects that I can use next year in my Christmas decorating.

  43. K B Parnell says:

    I use holiday quilts wherever I can…runners on tables, small quilts draped over the backs of couches, and larger ones as special seasonal bed covers and hanging from rods in hallways and staircases. They just add so much warmth, color and uniqueness to a home!

  44. Bev Gunn says:

    I have a log cabin wreath quilt in the hall and another log cabin quilt I put over the back of the sofa. Also have an octagon shaped topper for my side table under the lamp. Merry Christmas-I am done decorating!

  45. Mary Morris says:

    I have quilted pillows, ornaments, tree skirt, and wall hanging to decorate for Christmas.

  46. Jenny Moore says:

    I love to show off my quilts over the back of chairs and the couch. Also have runners and wall hangings.

  47. Roxanne Hartwig says:

    These books look amazing! Would love to have a copy! Thank you for the chance and Merry Christmas!

  48. Chyree says:

    I don’t have Christmas quilts, per se, but I have MANY wall hangings and other Christmasy quilted decorations. I have enough hand made ornaments to decorate a good sized tree too.

  49. I made a log cabin wreath Christmas quilt!

  50. Beth B says:

    I have a Christmas tree skirt that I use each year. I also have an advent calendar, which I haven’t found this year. Darn! Thanks for the chance to win.

  51. Dorene Morris says:

    Would love to use more quilts in decorating, but gave them away! I have a quilted Christmas Tree Skirt and a Christmas throw. Some pillows, too.

  52. Tanya says:

    I have made and display wall hangings and table runners. Thanks for the chance to win!

  53. Barbara Scofield says:

    I use two quilted Christmas throws color-coordinated with my room decor. I also use a quilted wall-hanging that is part of a calendar block of the month series. I hope to make a Christmas bed quilt (maybe before next Christmas).

  54. Patricia says:

    I sew like crazy to make quilts for others in time for Christmas giving so consequently I don’t have any for myself. I decorate with a quilted tree skirt and a seasonal tablerunner with matching placemats. Merry Christmas to the wonderful QM staff! :-D

  55. Patti says:

    I use quilts everywhere I can….. on the walls, over the arm of a chair, as a tablecloth, and under my village scene. Thanks for a chance at a great bundle of books.

  56. Kathy Olinger says:

    I am just a beginning quilter, but have my sights on a Christmas quilt. Gifts for next year Christmas Table Runners and who know what else.

  57. Felicia Few says:

    I decorate my home with Christmas wall hangs and table runners and quilt on back of the chairs and couches.

  58. Debbie A says:

    All of my Christmas quilted items have been given away – I think every year I will keep something for myself, but then somebody shows up and likes it so off it goes — I like doing table runners, potholds and the quick things with the scraps I have from making my daughter and her friends uniform scrub tops

  59. Anne says:

    I love Christmas and have made and given special Christmas quilts to most of the children in my world. I have a hand quilted Christmas quilt on my couch and another one I made that is my favorite sitting on the back of a chair which will be slept under on Christmas Eve but is good for naps/reading under while sitting by the tree for now. I love Christmas and still look for projects to do, if only I had more time!!! Today is my birthday (12/12/12) and any of the books you have shown us look amazing. Merry Christmas to one and all.

  60. Bonnie Meadows says:

    I don’t have any Christmas quilts yet but I am planning on making a wallhanging before year’s end.

  61. Barbara Ramos says:

    I have some Christmas wall hangings and a tree skirt. I don’t have a Christmas quilt. The ones I make always end up on someone else’s bed!

  62. Rachell R says:

    I really haven’t used quilts to decorate for Christmas, because I don’t have any and haven’t had a chance to make any Christmas quilts yet! I would really like to make the BOM Jennifer Chiaverini Christmas Quilt.
    I do have several Christmas cross-stitch pieces that are ornaments for the tree or on the wall, and I enjoy using those to decorate. some are gifts and some I’ve completed myself.

  63. nel fraker says:

    Have a number of quilts in all stages of finishing. Each year I make a resolution to finish all I have started before starting another. Well, we all know how that goes. LOL I am sure I could find another quilt to start in one of those books!! To my credit I did do 2 table runners for my sister and niece for Christmas. Finished them and sent them off.

  64. Janet Frank says:

    I have quilted table toppers, tree skirt, 2 wall hangings, candle mats, pillows & bed quilts, as well as several throws, all in Christmas fabric. I love to decorate for Christmas!

  65. Shirley C says:

    I just finished the tops for two Christmas projects. I will have to get them quilted next year. The books all Loki very interesting. Happy Holidays!

  66. Monica says:

    I don’t decorate with quilts specifically for Christmas. Do you think I should?

    Rather my quilts are out all year long…on walls, on furniture, on beds, on shelves. They’re everywhere you look in my house.

  67. Kris says:

    I didn’t set out to make lots of Christmas quilt but somehow we have three and another in the works. Add in the panels and we have Christmas on the sofas, my son’s bed, and a decorated Christmas tree (panel) on the wall.

  68. Diane says:

    All of these books look great! They would make wonderful gifts for many of my quilty friends! Thanks for the giveaway!

  69. Mary Kastner says:

    I think I would first make some Christmas pillows with some of the designs and then make a Christmas quilt for next year. Thank you for the chance to win and HappynHolidays!

  70. Maria Kievit says:

    Haven’t made any Christmas quilts yet, but have lots of table runners, placemats, and a treeskirt or two that I decorate the halls with. Thanks for a wonderful giveaway.

  71. Sharon Bourque says:

    You know you are a quilter when….you have more Christmas quilts and wallhangings than you have places to put them! I have my Christmassy creations hanging all over my home during the holiday seasons. If I had to choose a favourite it would be Gail Pan’s Busy Little Christmas Elves that hangs in my rec room….

  72. Elizabeth Kuntz says:

    I love folksy quilts and now I’ve become enamored with Modern style. I would definitely love to try new color variations and styles. These books are so varied and full of wonderful patterns to play with!

  73. sandy strader says:

    I use my quilts as wallhangings, tablerunners and have them on all my chairs and couch. When we are just sitting around there is a quilt to snuggled with.

  74. Rosemary Kukec says:

    I have a tree skirt which I use every year. I’m afraid I give away almost every quilt I make so the quilter’s cupboards are bare (just like the shoemaker’s children have no shoes). But I do love the Sacajawea quilt. I’ve been very tempted to purchase the book but winning a copy would be even better! Merry Christmas to all!

  75. Angela N. says:

    Sad to say i dont have much.. YET… to decorate with for christmas. Im on a mission though that by next year i will have a few things. I do have a few cute hand made ornaments.

  76. Donna Schuttig says:

    I love having my quilts and runners out all over my home….now i just need more walls/spaces. looking forward to making a great Christmas quilt for next year…this year’s didn’t happen….yet!!

  77. Yessant Habetz says:

    I pull out my Christmas quilts Thanksgiving evening to kick off the Christmas season. If there is a wall, nook or cranny, it gets festooned with homemade treasures.

  78. Leigh says:

    Lots of smaller items – haven’t finished my “Dogs at Christmas” quilt – got to quilt it !

  79. Deidra says:

    I love to display my quilts by draping them over the chair or couch and on my bed.

  80. Linda Pearl says:

    I have several Christmas quilts and runners throughout my home at Christmas – and one more to go. I have a Santa quilt in with my Santa collection, and I’ve recently found the best pattern for an Angel quilt to go with the Angels.

  81. Christy says:

    I use quilts and tablerunners to decorate my classroom for the season. The kids love the change of seasons in my room

  82. Cathryn H says:

    I have a table topper tree quilt that I put up on Dec. 1st. Then there’s the Santa on the wall and the almost finished quilt for the bed. That will be next year’s addition.

  83. Kathy lancaster says:

    love to bring Christmas cheer using red and green wallhangings

  84. I use Christmas quilts on the walls, draped over tables, on tables and cabinets. Quilts are a major part of my decorating for Christmas! I even made some giant stockings to hang at the front door entry! Thanks for the chance to win!

  85. Norma says:

    We have a big basket full of quilts by the fireplace. They don’t stay in there for very long because we all like to snuggle up with them while watching tv

  86. Bernie S says:

    As a new quilter, I don’t have much to warm my home at the holidays. This year I quilted a very simple tree skirt from the piece of fabric that I had been using under the tree for several years. It was so nice to see it finished off!

  87. Deb G. in VA says:

    I put table runners and wall hanging around the house during Christmas. Thanks for the chance to win!

  88. JuliaP says:

    So far in my quilting life, I’ve managed to make 2 Christmas lap quilts and a tree skirt. Would love to make a Christmas bed quilt but haven’t found the right pattern. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  89. Lauren aka Giddy99 says:

    I’m new to quilting (just started this year), but I have a finished quilted tree skirt, and two quilted (log cabin) Christmas pillows for the couch!

  90. Annie K says:

    I have one over the back of the couch, and one on the bed, but alas, I keep giving them away after I make them, and have none to decorate with! spending xmas with my daughter, who hung the quilted placemats I made her on her wall, as she says they’re too cool to put on the table…does that count?

  91. I have seasonal quilts at the foot of my stairwell and at Christmas, I bring out two family favorites for used when the fireplace is just not enough warmth.

  92. Donna says:

    My Christmas quilts are wall hangings. I have a lap sized for my reading chair which is a WIP – maybe next year. Happy quilting.

  93. Annaleena says:

    I live in Skandinavia so I have a christmas calender wall hanging quilt. I have made couple bed quilts which are on beds now. I’m making a table runner currently and I have looked up a pattern for a tree skirt.
    Thanks for a nice book review.

  94. Joyce Mitchell says:

    I put a colorful queen-size quilt (Christmas present) on our bed, and a red/green throw quilt on the love seat, and some Christmas table runners & mats on flat surfaces. There are also a few quilty decorations for the tree. Thanks for the great giveaway – I love quilt books.

  95. KT says:

    As a new quilter, I don’t have any Christmas quilts yet, though I am working on a wallhanging to hang at the top of our stairs. My goal is to make a Christmas quilt for every bed, once I finish making an everyday quilt for every bed.

  96. Christine M says:

    I have one wall where I hang all my small Christmas quilts. I like to add a new one each year.

  97. deb says:

    I have one christmas quilt and it is currently on the bed, i didn`t realize how I shorted myself! But I do have primitive Christmas Angel ornies that I hang on my tree and I had made reindeer and sleigh for my Aunt many years ago when she passed I got them back and they are displayed on our Buffet.

  98. Anita says:

    I have Christmas wall hangings in addition to quilts that decorate my home.

  99. Bev C says:

    Rather than using quilts I have lots of table runners and wall hangings around the family home.

    Thanks for the great book reviews.

    Happy days.

  100. May Britt says:

    I have a lot of Christmas quilts and I hung them up on my walls when advent starts.

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